Steve Jackson (UK game designer)
20 May 1951 |
|Occupation||fantasy author and entrepreneur|
|Known for||Co-writer, Fighting Fantasy gamebooks
Co-founder, Games Workshop
Co-founder, Lionhead Studios
Steve Jackson (born 20 May 1951) is a British game designer, writer and game reviewer.
In early 1975, Steve Jackson co-founded the company Games Workshop with school friends John Peake and Ian Livingstone.:43 They started publishing a monthly newsletter, Owl and Weasel, which was largely written by Jackson, and sent copies of the first issue to subscribers of the recently defunct fanzine Albion; Brian Blume received one of these copies, and sent them a copy of the new game Dungeons & Dragons in return. Jackson and Livingstone felt that this game was more imaginative than anything being produced in the UK at the time, and so worked out an arrangement with Blume for an exclusive deal to sell D&D in Europe.:43 In late 1975, Jackson and Livingstone organized their first convention, the first Games Day.:43 While selling game products directly out of their flat, their landlord kicked them out in the summer of 1976 after people kept showing up there looking for an actual store.:43
At a Games Day convention in 1980 Jackson and Livingstone met Geraldine Cooke, an editor at Penguin Books. They persuaded her to consider publication of a book about the role-playing hobby. This was originally intended to be an introductory guide, but the idea of an interactive gamebook seemed more appealing. After several months Cooke decided that this was viable and commissioned Jackson and Livingstone to develop it. In 1980, Jackson and Livingstone began to develop the concept of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, the first volume of which (The Warlock of Firetop Mountain) was published in 1982 by Puffin Books (a subsidiary imprint of Penguin Books).:46 Jackson and Livingstone sold off their stake in Games Workshop in 1991.:50 Jackson now works at Lionhead Studios, which he founded with Peter Molyneux. He is also an honorary professor at Brunel University in London, teaching the Digital Games Theory and Design MA.
He is often mistaken for Steve Jackson, an American game designer. The US Jackson also wrote three books in the Fighting Fantasy series, which adds to the confusion, especially as these books were simply credited to "Steve Jackson" without any acknowledgement that it was a different person.
- The Movies (Premiere Edition) (2005), Activision
- The Movies (2005), Activision
- Close Combat: Invasion – Normandy (2000), Strategic Simulations, Inc.
- Circle of Blood (1996), Virgin Interactive
- Lost Eden (1995), Virgin Interactive
- The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (1982) with Ian Livingstone, Puffin Books
- Sorcery! 1–4 (1983–5), Puffin Books
- The Citadel of Chaos (1983), Puffin Books
- Starship Traveller (1984), Puffin Books
- House of Hell (1984)
- Appointment with F.E.A.R. (1985)
- The Tasks of Tantalon (1985)
- Creature of Havoc (1986)
- The Trolltooth Wars (1989)
- BattleCards - A card game first published in 1993. Features a unique scratch and slay system.
- F.I.S.T. - a telephone based singleplayer roleplaying game similar to Fighting Fantasy.
- Livingstone, Ian (April 1975). "Editorial". Owl and Weasel (Games Workshop) (3): 2.
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- School of Arts (2012-10-11). "Games Design". Gamesatbrunel.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- "Frequently Asked Questions". Steve Jackson Games. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
- "Steve Jackson – Biography and Public Warning". Steve Jackson. 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
- "Steve Jackson Developer BIO". MobyGames. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
- Steve Jackson interview on Yog Radio about Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy, June 2010